Frank Beamer has been the head coach of the Virginia Tech Hokies and he has admitted that the program is working on a “Hokie Stone” helmet that resembles something so ugly it should never be worn on the football field. Ever.
While the helmets honestly do look like actual stone, they are just not working for this program. Although the “Hokie Stone” helmets have a good idea planted behind them, it would confuse a lot of people who don’t know what exactly they are being worn for. A “Hokie Stone” is a grey rock found in west Virginia — the area in Virginia, not the state of West Virginia. The stone is used primarily for the buildings on the Hokies’ campus and is pretty much only found in that area.
Take a look at the helmets that resemble some of the buildings on campus:
I get the idea of using these helmets as a tradition known primarily by Virginia Tech fans and those close to the university, but I couldn’t imagine the look of the uniform that will go along with these horrendous helmets. It’s kind of cool in the way that the stone looks real and the painting is so intricate, but I think this would be better for a commemorative item instead of a game-worn piece.
Coach Beamer has just said these are in production, but there has been no word as to whether they will actually be worn in a game this season. From what I can see, however, these would look weird with any uniform that doesn’t resemble the stone — and who wants to see a stone-themed jersey? Boring.